Track By Track: Before the Morning, Tigertown

Before the Morning
Image Courtesy of Tigertown

Sydney’s very own indie “family band” Tigertown recently released their brand new five track EP Before the Morning. We asked the guys from Tigertown to talk us through each of the songs from the new EP in the latest Track by Track. Here’s what they had to say:

“Morning has Finally Come” – We wrote this just after we finished our first EP. I think after about a year of writing together, we finally felt like we had found our sound and it was also the time that the rest of our brothers and sisters were joining the band so there was an over all feeling of anticipation. It was a year later that we recorded it but it still marks the start of being a band. We had just been to Peats Ridge Festival and were pretty inspired so I think everything we did in this song we imagined playing it at a festival.

“Lions and Witches” – We are big fans of C.S.Lewis. His stories were a big part of our childhood and the idea of brothers and sisters running through another world resonated strongly with us as a band, being all related. Making music that creates another world to go to is pretty important to us so we went all out in this one. The film clip was actually just us reliving our childhood in dress ups and home made props. It’s a pretty big sound, and it only came out of playing together more as a six piece through out the end of last year.

“All We Stand On” – We had a picture of two people stranded in the Arabian desert and this song is really just trying to paint that picture. The desert represents a situation in a relationship. One character wants to move on while the other is being held back by something. The end section always gets intense when we play it live so we were happy with how we captured this in recording. Fun fact: We weren’t able to finish this song until we had dressed ourselves up in scarves and saris and danced around the house.

“After Hours”Chris: This song is about three years old. I wrote this song when I first met Charlie, and we hadn’t even started dating. I guess I wasn’t in a place to be dating someone and was trying too stall things a bit, but pretty soon we were married. I think those first couple of weeks of meeting someone are really intense and we’re glad we have a record of that time on this EP. The drum sound in this recording is my favourite drum sound ever. Kurt’s a monster when it comes to snare sounds and Jimi, our producer, captured it perfectly.

“Monsters”Charlie: Chris bought me the book Where the Wild Things Are for Christmas. It made me feel like a little kid again and I got lost in it. We tried to make the song a journey like the book. The way it starts, it could be just me in my bedroom. It builds its way into a pretty big world but just like the book, it ends the same way it starts. The crickets in the recording are from our original demo that we recorded at home. Cronulla crickets are pretty loud in summer.

Before the Morning is available now. Tigertown have two more dates on their national tour this weekend – and keep an eye out for the band on the festival circuit over the summer:

Friday 26th October – Barsoma, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th October – Bon Amici Café, Toowoomba, QLD

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2 Comments

  1. October 26, 2012 at 13:16

    [...] “We are big fans of C.S.Lewis. His stories were a big part of our childhood and the idea of brothers and sisters running through another world resonated strongly with us as a band, being all related. Making music that creates another world to go to is pretty important to us” – Tigertown take us through Before The Morning. Track By Track here [...]

  2. fergster73 said,

    December 17, 2012 at 20:42

    Reblogged this on Fergster's Other Blog and commented:
    Heard these guys on triply j earlier today- awesome music!


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